Thursday, August 18, 2016

Truth Telling isn't Part of Trust (But it's not OK to Lie)

I’ve often seen people mistake opinions or beliefs for truth telling. If truth is based on verifiable facts, we can determine it is true by researching the evidence.

A fact that can be checked out would be: as of 2013, there have been 57 female astronauts compared to 477 male astronauts.

Where it falls off the rails is when people make a judgment based on facts, such as women are discriminated against in the astronaut program. It may be true based on the facts but we can’t be sure. It is an opinion.

Often we trust people who share similar beliefs. Unlike an opinion, a belief is based on a person’s values, faith or morality. An example of a belief based on the astronaut example would be that women shouldn’t be allowed up in space because they should be home taking care of the family. Beliefs are usually emotional appeals that cannot be logically argued.

OK, I know, I know, I might have just geeked out on semantics but I want you to be able to use this to be as trustworthy as possible. What do you mean by truth? Are you telling a fact, giving an opinion, or spouting a belief when you are telling your truth?

If you’re not willing to be wrong then you’ll never be as right as you could be.

2 comments:

  1. I can appreciate, Lea, that 'telling the truth' is not part of your trust work. Here is the story of The Sister Truths . . . in case you have not heard it. There were two sisters, Pretty Truth and Naked Truth. Every morning Naked Truth wake ups, runs out to street naked and disheveled to yell her truth. People feel shocked and run away. Pretty Truth gets up each morning, washes her face, brushes her teeth, combs her hair, puts on her nicest dress with shiny shoes. She walks to the street to share her truth with those who will listen. They do listen and Naked Truth is left watching from the window not understanding.

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    1. I was going back through my blogs and saw your reply. Sorry I didn't see it earlier. I love the story!

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